Imposing and majestic in its green setting, the abbey was founded under Charlemagne in 779. It was the largest abbey in the department and has been one of its finest architectural treasures ever since. Facing the medieval city, classified among "The most beautiful villages in France", this imposing Benedictine monument commands respect and presents a breathtaking catalog of architecture from the 8th to the 18th century. From the French Revolution, several owners have succeeded and since 2004, the Department of Aude owns the oldest part, called "Public". We discover the mainly medieval buildings: the courtyard of the abbey house, the cellar, the bakery, the chapels and their vestibules, the sacristy, the north transept, the pre-Romanesque tower, the lapidary deposit, the ceremonial room as well as the dormitory. partly restored in 2009. The other part, private, called "Abbaye Canoniale Sainte Marie" belongs to religious. It can be visited separately from the public part presented here.

Additional Information :
Last entry one hour before the abbey closes.

Ranking & labels

  • Listed as a historic monument
  • Listed as historical monuments
  • Cathar Country website
  • Vignobles et Découvertes

Spoken languages

  • English
  • Spanish

On video

Services

  • Groups welcome up to 60 people
  • Bus parking

visits

  • Guided group tour on request
  • Individual guided tour permanently
  • Individual guided tour on request

Opening

Open from February 01, 2023 to March 31, 2023
Monday 10:00 to 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 to 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 to 17:00
Thursday 10:00 to 17:00
Friday 10:00 to 17:00
Saturday 10:00 to 17:00
Open from April 01, 2023 to September 30, 2023
Monday 10:00 to 19:00
Tuesday 10:00 to 19:00
Wednesday 10:00 to 19:00
Thursday 10:00 to 19:00
Friday 10:00 to 19:00
Saturday 10:00 to 19:00
Sunday 10:00 to 19:00
Open from October 01, 2023 to December 23, 2023
Monday 10:00 to 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 to 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 to 17:00
Thursday 10:00 to 17:00
Friday 10:00 to 17:00
Saturday 10:00 to 17:00

Prices

Child rate: € 4 Student rate: € 6 Adult group rate: 6 €
Price Min. Max.
Full price €8,50 €7,50
Child rate
Child from 6 to 17 years old
€4
Student rate €6
Adult group rate €6

Payment method

  • Credit card
  • Payment cards
  • French bank and postal checks
  • Cash
  • Eurocard-Mastercard
  • Visa

Equipments & services

Equipments

  • Bar

Services

  • Shop

Reduced mobility

Accessible to disabled people

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